MARCH 2022 B E N E F I C E M A G A Z I N E ALL SAINTS Grove Road, Fishponds, Bristol www.allsaintsfishponds.co.uk “Come Gather, Come Worship, Come As You Are” ST. MARY’S Manor Road, Fishponds, Bristol Holding Together In Hope www.stmarysfishponds.org.uk 70p

All Saints Church Fishponds DONATE* Please help us to keep the Church, Hall and Grounds safe for safe for this and future use. You can donate in the following way TEXT HQJB01 to 70331 to give £3 HQJB01 to 70970 to give £5 HQJB01 to 70191 to give £10 OR GO TO http://easydonate.org/HQJB01 You can scan this code bar to take you to the donate site *Your donation will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme, operating DONATE, a charity registered in England and Wales (1149800) and Scotland (SC045106). In addition to any text donation, you will incur your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates). *For Terms and Conditions, see www.easydonate.org St. Mary’s Church Fishponds Giving Our church is funded almost entirely by donations and fund raising. We provide several different ways of giving to enable people to give in a way that they are happy with. Some do standing orders and the envelope scheme. For those who don’t carry cash anymore, or who have forgotten their wallet we have a card reader in church which can take card payments including contactless, apple pay and google pay. You can also use this QR Code code that will take you to our donation page. Beavers Monday’s 6.15pm Tel: 0117 958 4164 Contacts for Scouting Groups Cubs Thursday’s 6.45pm East Bristol Partnership Office Co-ordinator Amy Donaldson Tel: 0117 958 6412 Email: [email protected] Web site: www.ebpbristol.org.uk 2 Scouts Thursday’s 8.00pm Tel: 078 5452 0595 www.13thbristolscouts.uk

CONTACTS for the BENEFICE of ALL SAINTS CHURCH & ST. MARY’S CHURCH Vicar Revd. Lizzie Kesteven - Tel: 0117 965 0856 Curates Revd. Janey Hiller - Tel: 0117 239 0625 Revd. Diane Simms - Tel: 0117 951 8419 Licensed Lay Reader Mark Simms - Tel: 0117 951 8419 Licensed Lay Reader & Permission to Officiate Graham Biddlecombe - Tel: 0117 956 1544 Church Warden PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer Baptisms Weddings/Funerals Contacts for All Saints Church Elaine Seretny Chris Whitehead Tam Pearce Anita Lavis Tel: 0117 902 5257 Tel: 0117 965 4697 Tel: 078 0098 7672 Revd Lizzie Kesteven Tel: 0117 965 0856 Tel: 0117 307 9117 Safeguarding Officer Helen Whitehead - Tel: 0117 965 4697 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Contacts for St. Mary’s Church Church Warden Mary Ewing Church Warden PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer Baptisms Mary Ewing Tel: 0117 382 6324 Pete Walker Matt Timms Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Hannah Gazeley Email:[email protected] Email: [email protected] Weddings/Funerals Amy Donaldson Email: [email protected] Safeguarding Officers Kate Hancocks & Clare Munoz 3 Email: [email protected]

Observing Lent Canon Paul Hardingham considers the spiritual disciplines This month sees the start of Lent, the 40-day season of penitence, self-examination and fasting running up to Easter. Jesus began His earthly ministry by fasting in the wilderness for 40 days and taught His disciples to fast: ‘when you fast.’ (Matthew 6:17). The spiritual discipline of fasting involves missing one or two meals during the day, refraining from TV, alcohol or social media, and identifying the things that get in the way of our focus on God. What are the benefits of fasting? The act of giving something up expresses my desire to put God first in my life. It shows me the things that I depend on rather than God, so that I can surrender ‘my idols’ to Him. It encourages me to have a deeper hunger and dependency for God. It gives me space to focus on God for His strength, provision, and wisdom resulting in a more intimate relationship with Christ: ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled’. (Matthew 5:6). Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal my true spiritual condition, leading to brokenness and repentance, and a transformed life along with heart that is more attentive and dependent on God. Lent can also be a time to embrace new spiritual disciplines, eg: joining a study group, ‘random acts of kindness’, giving more time to prayer and Bible study or solitude, and reading a Lent book. Whatever you do, make Lent count this year! ‘Jesus takes it for granted that His disciples will observe the pious custom of fasting. Strict exercise of self-control is an essential feature of the Christian’s life. Such customs have only one purpose – to make the disciples more ready and cheerful to accomplish those things which God would have done.’ (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). 4

MARCH READINGS for ALL SAINTS CHURCH & ST. MARY’S CHURCH LENT BEGINS 2nd - ASH WEDNESDAY (Purple) Isaiah 58: 1 - 12; 2 Corinthians 5: 20 - 6:10; John 8: 1 - 11. 6th - First Sunday of Lent (Purple) Deuteronomy 26: 1 - 11; Romans 10: 8 - 13; Luke 4: 1 - 13. 13th - Second Sunday of Lent (Purple) Genesis 15: 1 - 12, 17 - 18; Philippians 3: 17 - 4: 1; Luke 13: 31 - end. 20th - Third Sunday of Lent (Purple) Isaiah 55: 1 - 9; 1 Corinthians 10: 1 - 13; Luke 13: 1 - 9. 27th - Fourth Sunday of Lent (Purple) Mothering Sunday Exodus 2: 1 - 10; Colossians 3: 12 - 17; John 19: 25b - 27. 3rd April - Fifth Sunday of Lent (Purple) Isaiah 43: 16 - 21; Philippians 3: 4b - 14; John 12: 1 - 8. Sunday 13th OPEN CHURCH Sunday 6th March 10.00am St. Marys Lent Bible Study CREATIVE CHURCH @St. Marys - 10.00am 20th March Making Easter Cards Sunday 27th March All Age Mothering Sunday Service 10.00am St. Marys - 10.30am All Saints 5 All Saints,10.30am 6th All Saints 10.30am 13th All Saints 8.00am St. Marys 10.00am 20th All Saints 10.30am St. Marys 6.30pm 27th All Saints 8.00am St. Marys 10.00am

MARCH PRAYER PAGE ✤ Lord, Help us to make Lent a Holy time, when we might reflect on your still, small voice, and retread our lives in terms of worship, service and action. ✤ We pray for the situation in the Ukraine, and ask that efforts at a diplomatic solution would be successful. ✤ We pray that as we continue to deal with Covid, even as the rules are relaxed, that each would remain vigilant, that the vaccination programme would continue at speed, and that those who a really vulnerable would be protected. ✤ We pray for our NHS, under great and continuing pressure. We pray for all working in that organization, asking for both strength and wisdom. ✤ We pray too for all who are in urgent need of treatment, yet there are long back-logs. Help those who are ill to be able to receive the treatment they need in a timely way. ✤ We thank God for our diverse, vibrant local community here in Fishponds. Help us to be aware that many are terrified of rising fuel, food and housing prices, and to offer support where we can. We pray too, for all organisations like Shelter, St. Mungo’s and Christians Against Poverty trying to bring relief, locally and nationally. We thank God and pray for the work of the food banks in our area. ✤ In the midst of everything, Lord, enable us to hear Your still, small voice for ourselves this Lent. BOOK FOR LENT Reflections for Lent 2022 Reflections for Lent is designed to enhance your spiritual journey through the forty days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. Each day includes: Full lectionary details for Morning Prayer A reflection on one of the Bible readings A Collect for the day 6 Available to purchase from All Saints & St. Marys Priced at £4.99

1st March - Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day Ever wonder why we eat pancakes just before Lent? The tradition dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, when Christians spent Lent in repentance and severe fasting. So on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the church bell would summon them to confession, where they would be ‘shriven’, or absolved from their sins, which gives us Shrove Tuesday. At home, they would then eat up their last eggs and fat, and making a pancake was the easiest way to do this. For the next 47 days, they pretty well starved themselves. Pancakes feature in cookery books as far back as 1439, and today’s pancake races are in remembrance of a panicked woman back in 1445 in Olney, Buckinghamshire. She was making pancakes when she heard the shriving bell calling her to confession. Afraid she’d be late, she ran to the church in a panic, still in her apron, and still holding the pan. Flipping pancakes is also centuries old. A poem from Pasquil’s Palin in 1619 runs: “And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” Some people have noted that the ingredients of pancakes can be used to highlight four significant things about this time of year: eggs stand for creation, flour is the staff of life, while salt keeps things wholesome, and milk stands for purity. Shrove Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter Sunday and falls between 3rd February and 9th March. PANCAKE RECIPE Ingredients 100g plain flour - 2 large eggs - 300ml milk - 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying - lemon wedges to serve (optional) -caster sugar to serve (optional) Method Put 100g plain flour, 2 large eggs, 300ml milk, 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away. Set a medium frying pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go. Serve with lemon wedges and caster sugar, or your favourite filling. Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months. 7

Ashing Service Such a strange name for a church service! Why would anyone be attracted to attend such a thing? This year Ash Wednesday is close to the start of March; on the Second of the month. As the first day of Lent the service is used to physically place a sign of the cross on each person’s forehead using ashes made from the previous year’s palm crosses. The use of ashes has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship; the Old Testament referring to sackcloth and ashes over twenty times. There is clearly a visual link with the blackness of evil and sin but also the ‘dirtiness’ that spreads everywhere from it. We all know how a small amount of mud on the shoes walked into the house will soon go everywhere and take a much harder and longer clean-up operation than if it was wiped off before entering. In Christian records, ashes are used for penitents by the sixth century, but it is not until the beginning of the eleventh century that the faithful took part in a ceremony on the Wednesday before Lent that included the imposition of ashes. Still later this came to be called Ash Wednesday. Over the centuries the emphasis of meaning for the imposed ashes has changed, from a preparation for baptism, a renewal of baptismal vows, to an understanding of a community’s preparation for the event of the Paschal mystery of rebirth at Easter. It reminds of what is past and what is to come, and it encourages us to think again of how we can change that journey should we wish to do so. THANK YOU Luci, Emily, Jess and the family of Nigel Heath, would like to thank everyone for their support, cards of condolences, prayers and donations to the charity ‘Help for Heroes’. Your support has really been appreciated. Thank you. 8

Friday 4th March 2pm Argyle Morley URC Church 131 Whitefield Road, Speedwell, Bristol BS5 7UB “I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU” Jeremiah 29: 11 Prepared by Christian women from England, Wales and Northern Ireland Theme of the service is HOPE HOPE is depicted through the lighting of candles, the distribution of seeds and the exchange of message worldwide via social media using hashtag #WDP hope. All are welcome to this service, including men and children. REMINDER! SAFEGUARDING TRAINING COURSE For those whom it concerns from All Saints & St. Marys Saturday 19th March 2022 All Saints Community Link Room 9.30am - 12noon Contact Helen, Safeguarding Officer on 0117 9654697 if you are attending this course. Thank you. 9 ST. MARYS CHURCH Saturday 5th March from 10am Please bring your own equipment as we don’t have enough for everyone!! Coffee and biscuits provided

ALL SAINTS CHURCH ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING Sunday 3rd April 2022 This meeting will be taking place after our morning service at approximately 12noon. This is the time when we nominate and vote for PCC Members and Wardens. If you are interested in any of these roles, please speak to Revd Lizzie or Elaine our present warden. Every year the Church Electoral Roll needs to be revised before the Annual Church Meeting, if you would like to vote or would like your name added on the Roll, please speak to Helen Whitehead, either in person, by telephone on 01179654697 or by email on [email protected]. This should be done by Sunday 13th March. Also if you run a group within the Church, would you please begin to look at writing your reports for the year 2021 and emailing them to [email protected] by Wednesday 9th March, this will enable the report booklet to be out and read before the meeting. A selection of cards donated to St Mary’s, covering most occasions, are on sale at the back of church at the bargain price of 10p each! Please feel free to browse and to put any monies in the nearby dish or to anyone on duty. Handcrafted cards, including Easter cards, are also available after the Sunday 10 a.m. Communion services (prices as marked). All card proceeds will go to St Mary’s charities for 2022. Last year, despite all the ‘ups and downs’, cards that were sold raised a total of £262.25. Thank you to everyone who gave their support. Pat Godfrey 10

LIVING AFTER LOSS Have you had to face a loss? Bereavement / Retirement / Meet Monday’s during term time from 10.30am til 12noon Children from birth to 4years of age welcome along with their parents, grandparents or carers. A morning listening to a story, singing, craft time followed by refreshments and play time. Free entrance / voluntary donations. For more information contact Cynthia on 0117 965 1849 Health Problems / Redundancy etc. Do you need to talk? You are very welcome to come and talk to friendly people over refreshments at St. Mary’s Church Parish Rooms Friday 4th, & 18th March, 11am - 12noon For information please contact Revd. Lizzie 0117 9650 856 Contact your local Slimming World Consultant and join a warm friendly group today! Groups now fully open Mondays 6.30pm & Tuesdays 9.30pm The Beechwood Club, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3TR Contact Claire on 07791 574 353 Tuesdays 6pm & 7.30pm Argyle Morley Church Whitefield Road, Speedwell Caroline 07988 692 202 SMILE LINE. Wednesdays 5.15pm & 6.45pm The Salvation Army, Staple Hill Anna-Marie 0785 417 7308 www.slimmingworld.co.uk A baby-sitter is a teenager acting like an adult, while the adults are out acting like teenagers. 11

COFFEE BREAK TIME (Answers on page 26) Across 1. Arouse (Song of Songs 2:7) (6) 4. Extinguish (Isaiah 1:31) (6) 8. “They — — ,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!”’ (Proverbs 23:35) (3,2) 9. Unhappiness (Nehemiah 2:2) (7) 10. Jewish (7) 11. Dirge (anag.) (5) 12. ‘A truthful witness gives honest — , but a false witness tells lies’ (Proverbs 12:17) (9) 17. Paul quoted from the second one in his address in the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:33) (5) 19. ‘Do not use your freedom to — the sinful nature’ (Galatians 5:13) (7) 21. ‘As you can see, he has done nothing to — death’ (Luke 23:15) (7) 12

22. Name applied by Isaiah to Jerusalem (Isaiah 29:1) (5) 23. ‘All the people — — one man, saying, “None of us will go home”’ (Judges 20:8) (4,2) 24. Lazarus, who was carried by angels to Abraham’s side when he died, was one (Luke 16:20) (6) Down 1. Appalled (Job 26:11) (6) 2. ‘In an — to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea’ (Acts 27:30) (7) 3. Expel (Acts 18:16) (5) 5. ‘But I have a baptism to — , and how distressed I am until it is completed!’ (Luke 12:50) (7) 6. ‘Of the increase of his government and peace there will be — — ’ (Isaiah 9:7) (2,3) 7. Hurry (Psalm 119:60) (6) 9. ‘For I desire mercy, not — , and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings’ (Hosea 6:6) (9) 13. One of its towns was Sychar, where Jesus met a woman at Jacob’s well (John 4:5) (7) 14. Shouting (Acts 7:57) (7) 15. Arachnid (Isaiah 59:5) (6) 16. One of Paul’s first converts in Philippi was Lydia, a — in purple cloth (Acts 16:14) (6) 18. Donkeys (5) 20. Raked (anag.) (5) All Saints Monthly COFFEE MORNING Saturday 5th March 10am - 12noon All Saints Church, Grove Road Second hand fiction books for adults and children to buy. We also have some DVD’s . All proceeds go to the Church Fabric Fund 13 St. Mary’s Churchyard Gardening Group Meet every Monday from 10am till 12noon To do a spot of gardening and tidying up the grounds You are very welcome to come and join them. Tea & biscuits provided

DUTY TIME All Saints Services and 6th First Sunday of Lent 8.00am Services 10.30am Wardens Sidesperson Readers 8.00am Holy Communion Rev Lizzie - A. Lavis Messy / Muddy Church Revd Janey & Elisa M. Lavis 10.30am E. Seretny & G. Smith E. Seretny & G. Smith 10.30am B. Pearce 1st lesson 10.30am 2nd lesson Prayers Parish Street C. Powell D. Williams C. Doyle Dunkirk Road DUTY TIME St Mary’s Services 6th Open Church 10.00am Services 6.30pm Wednesdays - 9.00am Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Lent Bible Study Revd Diane & Mark Evensong Revd Lizzie ALL SAINTS 6th February 10.30am 14 St. Marys 27th February 10.00am - - T.B.A. Earls Mead - 13th Second Sunday of Lent Holy Communion Revd Lizzie 13th Holy Communion Revd Lizzie -

20th TIME 8.00am 10.30am 8.00am Third Sunday of Lent - Holy Communion Revd Janey & Mark - 10.30am C. Edwards-Mlangwa 10.30am A. Lavis 10.30am C. Whitehead Revd Janey Elmgrove Road TIME 10.00am 6.30pm 20th Creative Church Revd Lizzie Holy Communion Revd Janey & Mark Duty Rota for March 27th Mothering Sunday Holy Communion Revd Janey All Age Mothering Sunday Service Revd Janey & Dave M. Lavis 10.30am C. Whitehead & D. Williams C. Whitehead & D. Williams C. Powell T.B.A. T.B.A. T.B.A. Elmhurst Avenue for March 27th All Age Mothering Sunday Communion Revd Lizzie - For children aged 7+ and upwards. Meet on a Friday in All Saints Church from 6.30pm till 7.15pm 15 3rd April Open Church Lent Bible Study Revd Diane Passion in Music St. Mary’s Church Friday’s 7pm New members are welcomed 3rd April Fifth Sunday of Lent - Holy Communion Revd Janey & Revd Lizzie T.B.A. T.B.A. C. Edwards-Mlangwa E. Williams R. Edwards-Mlangwa C. Whitehead Ernestville Road

J. B. LANDSCAPES General Build and Maintenance Nick Tuftnell Counsellor Fully qualified BACP registered and based locally 07988 136267 tangate-counselling.co.uk [email protected] Tel: 0117 939 1316 Mob: 07792 097 234 [email protected] www.jblandscapesbristol.co.uk A family run business. James Bufton Qualified Landscaper kitchens Bathrooms Wetrooms loft conversations From concept to completion for all aspects of home build & renovation [email protected] 07748 397329 local family business 16

Wear your daffodil to support Marie Curie TUESDAY 1st MARCH This March the UK’s leading end of life charity Marie Curie will once again be asking people across the UK to support its Great Daffodil Appeal. Money raised from the flagship fundraising appeal will help the charity’s doctors, nurses and hospice staff continue their vital work providing expert care to people at the end of life, and their families. Funds raised also go towards the Marie Curie Information and Support Line, which provides support for people dealing with all aspects of end of life including bereavement. Last year Marie Curie provided direct support to more than 69,000 people – a 15% rise on the previous year – which is more than ever before. Marie Curie would like to encourage as many people as possible to give their money or time through volunteering, donating, and fundraising. A TIME TO REMEMBER Friday 1st April - 11am St. Marys Church, Manor Road Why not take a moment to come together, to acknowledge the pain and loss of the pandemic and to remember lost loved ones. You are welcome to join us for a period of reflection with the opportunity to light a candle, should you wish. Tea, coffee and biscuits will follow with the chance to pause, remember and to support one another. There will be a small table top sale and the option to give a voluntary contribution in aid of MARIE CURIE CANCER NURSES We hope you can join us. 17

‘COLUMBUS’ at your service For all those jobs that you haven’t the time to do!! Window Cleaning Painting ~ Plumbing Carpentry Gardening ~ Decorating Ring for a FREE quote Tel: 0117 939 0529 Mobile: 07954 161 210 MEDIUM SUDOKU PUZZLES (Answers on page 26) EASY The fan heater under the cassock idea proved not to be such a good one! SATURDAY LUNCHES @ St. Marys Church Every Saturday from 12noon - 2pm Free light lunches of soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee, and biscuits. All are welcome. 18

Christian Basics No 3: Why the Cross? The cross is a picture of violence, yet the key to peace; a picture of suffering, yet the key to healing; a picture of death, yet the key to life; a picture of utter weakness, yet the key to power; a picture of capital punishment, yet the key to mercy and forgiveness; a picture of vicious hatred, yet the key to love; a picture of supreme shame, yet the Christian’s supreme boast. The cross really is the key to everything! Although a horrifying instrument of torture and death, it is also a symbol of love and peace. On the cross Jesus died to deal with the problem of our sin and defeat the powers of death and evil. He identified with our sufferings and set us an example of self-sacrificial love. As Peter writes, ‘He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed … Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God’ (1 Peter 2:24, 3:18). Jesus died in our place on the cross and took away our guilt, to pay the full penalty for our sin. Access to God’s presence is now open to all, symbolised by the Temple curtain being torn in two from top to bottom. The barrier between us and God was torn down in order ‘to bring us to God’. Jesus is the bridge providing access between us and God. ‘If Jesus Christ is to be our Saviour then He must be able to place a hand upon a pardoning God and another hand on a penitent sinner and draw them together in an act of reconciliation’ (Bishop Handley Moule). (Paul Hardingham begins this year-long series on the very foundations of our Christian faith.) (Material taken from Parish Pump, web site for Church Magazines). For young people from year 7 upwards, to meet, talk, learn, pray and have fun together. Meet on the 2nd Sunday of the Month 7.15pm Contact Revd. Lizzie for details 19

In last months magazine, John told us about the huge pile of toys and gifts that were donated at Christmas for Barnado’s and Young Carers, and unfortunately the gifts going to Barnado’s were unable to be delivered due to Covid restrictions, but he is now very glad to say that they have now been collected. This is the letter that John received from Barnados…… On behalf of everyone at Barnardo’s, not least the children and families who will benefit from your generosity, I would like to express my sincere thanks to you and your fellow collectors at Tiny Tots & Friends, All Saints Church and the Fishponds Community for your recent donation. Donations such as yours go a long way to making a lasting difference to the lives of children, young people and families, and we are extremely grateful for your support in what has been an extremely difficult year. Across the UK, Barnardo’s supported 382,872 children, young people, parents and carers in 2020/2021, around 10% more than in the previous year. Through our diverse local services we help the most vulnerable children and young people to transform their lives. We do this because we believe in children. Thank you again for choosing Barnardo’s. Murray Stewart (Assistant Director, Finance Barnardo's, South West England and Wales) 20

ALL IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 500 years ago, from 9th to 17th March 1522 that Martin Luther preached his Invocavit Sermons. He urged citizens to adhere to the core Christian values and trust in God, rather than using violence to bring about change. 175 years ago, on 3rd March 1847 that Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born American engineer, and scientist, was born. Credited with inventing the first practical telephone. 150 years ago, on 16th March 1872 that the first FA Cup Final was held at the Oval in Kennington, London. Wanderers beat the Royal Engineers 1-0. 100 years ago, on 10th March 1922 that Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi was arrested and charged with sedition for his campaign of non-cooperation against the British Indian government. He was sentenced to six years in prison but released after two years as he needed surgery. 21 80 years ago, on 25th March 1942 that Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was born. The American soul/ R&B/pop/gospel singer was known for her many hit songs including Respect and I Say a Little Prayer. (Died 2018) 75 years ago, on 1st March 1947 that the International Monetary Fund began operating. 70 years ago, on 11th March 1952 that Douglas Adams, British comedy writer and dramatist was born. Best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. (Died 2001) 60 years ago, on 19th March 1962 that the American folkrock singer Bob Dylan released his debut album Bob Dylan. 50 years ago, on 24th March 1972 that the government of Northern Ireland resigned, and on 30th March 1972 that the British government introduced direct rule of Northern Ireland from Westminster (until 1999).

40 years ago, on 3rd March 1982 that the Barbican Centre in London was opened. It is the largest arts and conference venue in Europe. 30 years ago, on 19th March 1992 that Buckingham Palace announced the separation of the Duke and Duchess of York (Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.) 25 years ago, on 6th March 1997 that Queen Elizabeth launched the official Royal website: www.royal.gov.uk Also 25 years ago, on 21st March 1997 that the Rev W V Awdry, British clergyman and children’s writer, died. Best known as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine. LUNCH TIME CONCERT Friday 18th March -1pm to 2pm Bristol Veterans Band St Mary’s Church Manor Road Tea/coffee served from 12.30pm - 50p No admission charge but a retiring collection to cover expenses Need accounts prepared for your business? Need a Self Assessment Tax Return completed? WE CAN HELP! H & F ACCOUNTANCY For all your tax and accountancy needs. We do payroll and VAT too! Sarah Hendy 0117 951 7615 22 Reasonable rates. Telephone Frank FitzGibbon 0117 932 9321

The Easter Story 10 Pack By Juliet David and Elina Ellis, Lion Children’s Books, £25 This beautiful retelling of the first Easter will be ideal for children. You can give them out to young readers at home, school, or Sunday school. Share with them the tremendous story of how Jesus came to die, and how He came to be resurrected. The Bible: a story that makes sense of life. By Andrew Ollerton, Bible Society, £11.99 The Bible has been called the greatest story ever told. This book explores how the story of the Bible not only helps us understand our own lives, but also gives us a framework for making sense of life in general. We can see how the narratives in the Bible mirror the narrative arcs we go through. Wherever you stand with the Bible, whether you are seeking to find out its meaning for your own life or just want to know more about its stories, this book is a fantastic starting point. Immeasurably More: Flying for the Way-Maker By Liz Parker, 10Publishing, £9.99 When Liz Parker was growing up in a Liverpool vicarage, she never in her wildest dreams imagined that she would one day marry a missionary pilot and eventually serve with him in Uganda. This is the story of their family’s travels from their four-year preparation in South Africa, to sun-drenched Tanzania, to the unexpected conflict of South Sudan and to the fast-moving busyness of Kenya. Women of Holy Week - An Easter Journey in Nine Stories by Paula Gooder & Ally Barrett. In the style of her bestselling Phoebe, Paula Gooder uses her extensive biblical expertise to retell the events of the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension through the eyes of nine female characters she imagines accompanying Jesus during these momentous days. Accompanied by nine colour illustrations, each story brings to life the tension, drama and shock of the events of Holy Week, banishing any over-familiarity and helping readers enter into the Passion narrative in a deeper, more meaningful way. 23

WORD SEARCH March brings us Lent and Mothering Sunday. Lent is a time of spiritual self-assessment as we prepare for Easter. It is a time to turn to God, and grow closer to him. Mothering Sunday reminds us of not only the mothers that have loved and raised us, but of Mother Church, who has spiritually loved and nurtured us throughout our Christian pilgrimage. How many words can you find on these themes in this month’s Word Search? lent spiritual easter preparation fasting prayer desert selfdenial repentance seeking finding growing mothers love care nurture learning teaching disciples worldwide flowers thankyou nursing family The all meet on a Tuesday evening at St. Mary’s Church, Manor Road For times and other information please visit the following website https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/information-for-parents/register-your-daughter/ For the Guides look for ‘176th Fishponds Methodist (Bristol) And Rainbows and Brownies look for 1st Fromeside Rainbows & 176th (Fishponds) Bristol Brownies 24

St Mary’s Players are very excited to present our 2022 production. 19th - 23rd April Redgrave Theatre, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LE Ticket Prices: Tuesday 19th April - £12.50 Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd April - £15.00 Evening Performance 7.30pm - Saturday Matinee 2.30pm To book call Redgrave Theatre on 0117 315 78700 or visit. www.redgravetheatre.co.uk All tickets are subject to a £1 book fee. For information about St. Marys Players visit their web site at www.smpmtc.co.uk Shy about reading out loud? Practise by reading to your dog, who won’t be critical of your mistakes, or interrupt you. Dogs who listen to people reading are being used in schools and prisons across the country. It is all a part of The Kennel Club’s Bark and Read Foundation, which was first set up to give children the confidence to read out loud to specially trained support dogs. More details at: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-us/ charity-work/bark-and-read/ 25

FROM THE EDITOR Another month gone! Well have you decided to give up anything for Lent, or even do something to make a difference. For me, I have decided to give up drinking tea, for me this will be quite a challenge, as I’m a bit of a ‘tea Jenny’, so hot water with lemon slices will be my drink. Also picking up a copy of the Lent Book, another challenge to make sure I read each day through Lent. Deadline for the April issue will be Sunday 13th March, as usual you can email articles to me at [email protected] or give me a ring on 0117 3079117. Also you can hand me your articles at a 10.30am services. With the Annual Parochial Church Meeting coming up, please can I ask leaders from Church groups and Scouting organisations to send me your reports that covers 2021 by Wednesday 9th March. Hope you all have a good month, take care and stay safe. Anita ANSWERS TO THIS MONTHS CROSSWORD & SUDOKU’S 26 E A S Y M E D I U M ACROSS: 1 Awaken; 4 Quench; 8 Hit me; 9 Sadness; 10 Semitic; 11 Ridge; 12 Testimony; 17 Psalm; 19 Indulge; 21 Deserve; 22 Ariel ; 23 Rose as; 24 Beggar. DOWN: 1 Aghast; 2 Attempt; 3 Eject; 5 Undergo; 6 No end; 7 Hasten; 9 Sacrifice; 13 Samaria; 14 Yelling; 15 Spider; 16 Dealer; 18 Asses; 20 Drake.

Roles & Contacts for All Saints Church Parochial Church Council Members Luci Heath Anita Lavis Tam Pearce Mark Simms Diane Simms John Waldren Alison Wren Elisa Williams Chris Whitehead Dave Williams Deanery Synod Representatives Chris Whitehead Tel: 0117 965 4697 Tiny Tots John Waldren Tel: 0117 956 3208 Gift Aid Chris Whitehead Anita Lavis Tel: 0117 307 9117 Mike Lavis Vacant Junior Church Lizzie Kesteven Tel: 0117 965 0856 Electoral Roll Helen Whitehead Tel: 0117 965 4697 Tel: 0117 307 9117 Tel: 0117 965 4697 Magazine Editor / Adverts Hall Booking Secretary Elisa Williams Tel: 079 7395 3445 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Roles & Contacts for St. Marys Church Matt Timms Parochial Church Council Members John Ewing Edward Gleed Sam Toogood John Anson General Enquiries Matt Timms [email protected] 27 Hannah Gazeley Deanery Synod Representatives Leigh Cooper Director of Music / Choir Tel: 0117 962 2093 Notes / News / Weekly Sheet Sam Toogood [email protected] Bob Bartlett Andrew Cooper

Do you need somewhere to hold a celebration or meeting? ALL SAINTS COMMUNITY HALL Part of the Parish of All Saints Church Could be your answer It can cater for small or medium size function. Has kitchen facilities, plus adequate on site parking Our rates are very competitive. For details please contact Elisa Tel: 0117 9584164 / 07973 953445 Or visit our web site: www.allsaintsfishponds.co.uk You are very welcome to view before booking. 28

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